Do you have a 2 year old that talks w/ his mouth closed?

April - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is a little over 2 years old and doesn't talk, or at least he doesn't talk with his mouth open. I have been told by the specialists that work with him that they have not seen it very often so I was just wondering how many other Moms have kids that won't talk with there mouth open? And if you have encountered this, what did you do about it? My son is seeing 3 different people for it and started go to a playgroup just to be around other kids that talk and me and my husband try all the tricks they tell us to but nothing is working. Any suggetions are welcome!

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La Wanda - posted on 06/27/2013

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It does make me concerned that those who we regard as professionals seem to often know less than we do and we haven't had specialized training.

Gina - posted on 11/18/2012

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Hi Chrissy,

My son started Early Intervention at 19 months, he had no words but was making sounds with mouth closed. I did not see much progress with the Early Intervention. Everyone kept telling me, even his peditrician, just to wait till he turns 2, he will be talking up a storm. His peditrician actually wanted me to wait till he was 2 to get help. I didn't listen ofcourse! Us Moms know these things! I spoke to his doctor numerous times about my concerns but it was always the same, just wait till he is 2. I finally got him to give me a referall to another speech pathologist. She had us go to a cleft palate clinic to make sure he didn't have any abnormalities with his soft palate. They did not see any abnormalities, his hearing is great, no tongue tie, etc. He is doing great with his new speech pathologist person. He just wasn't clicking with the EI person that was coming to our house, plus she seemed to have no clue how to teach him. He is now signing "more" "milk" etc which is helping a great deal. He still has tons of words that come from his throat and not his mouth but we have gotten him to start saying "Mama" and other sounds from his mouth and correctly. One thing I think that worked very well was this DVD called "Baby Babble 2 and 3" I have read that alot of other parents have had good sucess with these also. I have a new EI person starting in 2 weeks, so he will have two speech people work with him a week. He also has an evaluation with the hospital that evaluated him for the cleft stuff. That is also with a speech pathologist. They could not rule out velopharengeal disfuntion which if he had, he would need surgery. I've also started doing research on Omega 3(fish oil) and how it can help with speech. Unfortunately, the peditrician says no on any other suppliments besides the multi vitamin. So I started my son on Organic whole milk with Omega 3. This was just last week and I swear I have noticed progress with his speech. A good book that talks about the Omega 3 is "The Late Talker". I am going to speak to his doctor again about taking it. If you google, omega 3 and speech or apraxia, you should be able to find alot of stuff on it :) I'm glad I didn't listen to his doctor on gettng help early. You are doing all the right things :) I do my own reserach on the internet because I do feel like I don't get any answers or answers that I am happy with. That book also discusses different techniques you can do at home. My husband was a late talker and his Mom always said that he had "his own language" so I am hoping that it will be the same thing". Good luck and keep me posted if you don't mind and I will do the same :)

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La Wanda - posted on 06/27/2013

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Well I'm glad to see that my son isn't alone. He is very intelligent and likes math but refuses to open his mouth when speaking. He follows instructions well. He is also innovative and problem solves on his own. He can hum and entire conversation and we have no idea what he's really saying. I had a brother who needed speech therapy so I've started making him watch my mouth when I'm speaking and sounding out each word . Having him try afterward. He seems very hesitant to do it so there must be some sort of difficulty. After I do it around 3-4 times then he tries to copy me. His sentences during this lesson are a combination of humming and trying to say the sound/word aloud. I have a Doctor's appointment scheduled for him next month since he's 3 months shy of 3yrs

Sujuan - posted on 03/23/2013

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My 2 year 10 mon old son speaks with mouth closed. I find all of your information very helpful! Thank you!

Chrissy - posted on 11/15/2012

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I am so relieved to have found your post! My daughter is almost 18 months old, and she has NO words at all. We recently started services and she has seen 2 speech pathologists and a developmental educator, all who have said they have never seen a child with a mouth posture like my daughters (I want to find someone who knows what is going on!). It sounds like she is speaking in full sentences at times, however, she never actually opens her mouth. She can open her mouth, and she does occasionally imitate the sounds for mama, dada, and baba, but doesn't always get it right... for example, she might say mama when she is trying to say baba. She has only spontaneously said dada in context about 7 or 8 times without prompting, which is progress. The speech pathologist evaluated her oral structure and found no abnormalities. Did your son ever receive any type of diagnosis or was he just a "late talker"? How is he doing now? Were there any other learning disabilities as a result of the delayed speaking? I am trying not to freak out, but I have 2 older children, and my gut is telling me something isn't right here. I don't want to press too hard, but I want to make sure I stay as informed as possible so that I can be proactive about the types of services she is receiving. Thank you very much for any insight you can provide.

Antoinette - posted on 11/14/2012

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My son is 2yrs and 9months almost 3yrs and he dont talk aloud either. jus certain words! Should i be scared or is everything normal but is he a slow learner.??.. Idk what should i do

April - posted on 09/13/2012

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@gina I really think school helped the most. As soon as he was comfortable in school he started opening up and the words came right out. His speech therapist eventually said she thought he would be fine with just getting services at school instead of going to school and seeing her on top of it. She had never seen anything like him before. After him she got another little boy that was doing the same thing. Another thing that helped my son was having his adenoids removed, they were enlarged and he was always a little sniffly so his speech therapist recomended having him check by and ENT. Apparently the enlarged adenoids kept him stuffed up which made it uncomfortable to talk. I hope this helps in some way. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 09/06/2012

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My son just turned 2 and he has been doing this for awhile now. He is saying so many things but with his mouth closed. He is seeing 2 speech pathologists who both have said that they haven't seen this or that it is rare. What a way to freak parents out!! We have an appointment on Friday to rule out any possible cleft in the throat, etc. It is nice to know that there are other kids who have done this and it makes you wonder why these speech pathologists say they don't ever see or hear about this. April, what do you think helped the most? Speech, school, etc. or all? Would love to hear from you and other moms who have a toddler doing the same thing :) Thanks!

April - posted on 06/29/2012

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My son is doing very well now. He did speech therapy from the time he was 2 to 3 1/2 and he also was enrolled in school at 3 so he could learn from other kids. His teachers now say that by the time he reaches kindergarden he should no longer need speech therapy at all. My son's speech therapist said the same thing, that she had never had another kid that did that but she was able to get him to open his mouth and when he turned three he just decided to start talking and he hasn't stopped yet!

Missy - posted on 06/26/2012

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I was curious how your son is doing? My son is 25 months and does this EXACT thing...he has speech therapy and she says she has NEVER seen a child do this! If you could give me some insight I would love to hear what you have done...or is it a phase?

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